I help children make sense of difficult life experiences or complex psychological issues through the activity of play. Play is a child's natural way of communicating and together we can explore various issues they might find difficult to express in other ways. I aim to help a a child become more able to cope with how they are feeling, develop insight, emotional inteligience and confidence.
Play Therapy can be used for children who:
- Are in foster care or have been adopted
- Have been traumatized (sexual, physical, or emotional abuse)
- Are dealing with parental conflict, separation, or divorce
- Have excessive worry, sadness or fear
- Have low self-esteem
- Separation anxiety
- Are dealing with issues of loss, such as death of a loved one or major change
- Learning or school problems
- Sleeping, eating, or elimination problems
Play Therapy is to children what 'talk therapy' is to adults. Children are most comfortable while playing and together we can explore various issues and behaviors.
How do I know if my child needs Play Therapy?
Throughout their lives, some children go through difficult times, such as difficulties with peers, adjusting to a family move or divorce. Some children need more support than others to get through these times. If you or anyone else in your child's life is concerned about your child's behavior play therapy could be beneficial. It is the most appropriate form of treatment for helping your child work through difficult times and will help you gain a better understanding of what is going on.
What toys are used in the Play Therapy room?
Toys are very carefully selected for the play therapy room to facilitate creative and emotional expression from children. The toys we use are specifically chosen to foster your child's creativity and imagination-it is through these specific symbols that emotional issues can be expressed and resolved.
Can I sit in on my child's Play Therapy sessions?
Although they are minors children have the right to confidentiality just like adults, there are of course exceptions. I will meet with you throughout the course of treatment to discuss what some of the general themes I am seeing, here your concerns and make any suggestions that might help in your child's progress.
I use art as a way of helping children express difficult thoughts or feelings through creative activities. Art can be used as a coping tool outside of the therapy room to help with anxiety and depression.
Yoga for children has shown to help children with Sensory Processing Disorders, anxiety, self-esteem and self-regulation issues. I am a Level 3 Radiant Child Certified Yoga instructor and use yoga in therapy sessions when I feel it may be beneficial to the individual.
Therapy for Adolescents
Adolescence is a stage involving the transition from childhood to adulthood, in which considerable physical, emotional and mental changes take place. Counseling is a way to provide support to the parents and teens during this time. As well as enhance their communication and relaitionship during this major transition. While it can be typical for teenagers to experience mood swings or show some challenging behaviors, it can also be a very stressful and frustrating time for the parents. Some parents may even feel helpless and powerless when their authority seems to be challenged constantly.
How does therapy for adolescents differ from therapy for children?
Individual therapy for teens often looks quite similar to therapy for adults. Frequently the therapy is talk based, but setting goals is often done through family collaboration. To avoid sessions becoming monotonous, sessions with teens often intergrate other activites and means of assessing thoughts and feelings.
My goal as a therapist when working with children is helping them gain greater awareness of his or her feelings, teach them the tools needed to appropriately express themselves, and help them work through sometimes uncomfortable feelings or emotions.